Nakamichi 482
Dolby B NR Soft Touch Wired Remote Control Metal Tape 3 Head

This Nakamichi 482 is a stereo cassette deck with double Dolby B noise reduction, it was first sold by Nakamichi in 1979 with a list price of USD $775 and discontinued 3 years later in 1982.

The main features of the Nakamichi 482 are: 3 discrete heads and off-tape monitoring, mechanical 3 digit tape counter, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome and metal tapes with additional manual equalization selection, belt driven dual-capstan transport.

Typical front loading cassette deck with the cassette compartiment located on the left side of the deck. Tape eject is operated mechanically and the cassette needs to be placed with the side to be played facing forward in the cassette well which is opened by a damped mechanism. Additionally the compartement can be accessed easly for head cleaning by removing the well-cover.

Level meters used on the 482 are analog needle VU reading meters. Soft-touch controls for fast and easy transport function selection of the 482.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the 482 by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies. The three-head configuration of the 482 requires a Double Dolby system, one for recording and one for playback. The 19kHz multiplex pilot slgnal present in FM stereo broadcasts can cause false triggering of the noise reduction system. The switchable MPX filter of the 482 filters out the pilot signal, and assuring proper Dolby processing of FM stereo programs.

For undisturbed listening a jack connector for a pair of stereo headphones is supplied. Connection to other audio components for plaback can be achieved by a RCA cable and recording from a source by a RCA cable. All main transport commands can be issued remotely with a wired remote control.

Compact Cassette
  • Diffused-Resonance Transport
  • IC Logic
  • Non-Resonant Chassis
  • Pressure pad lifter
  • Double Capstan
  • Silent Mechanism
  • Discrete 3-Head Technology
  • Asymmetrical Dual Capstans

Historic events

1979 Introduction of Metal audio cassettes by 3M under the trade name Metafine.
1980 Dolby C Noise Reduction introduced by Dolby Laboratories.
1981 IBM introduces the IBM PC.
1982 Commodore announces the Commodore 64 computer.

Features of Nakamichi 482

AC Power Cord / Plug RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones Wired Remote Control
3-Digıt Mechanical Counter Analog Needle Meters
Cassette Exterior
Orientation Left Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
Head Configuration
Pressure Pad Lifter 3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel Seperate Record and Playback Heads
Record Play Pause
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction MPX Filter Double Dolby NR Circuits
Timer Recording/Playback Soft Touch Transport Control Real-Time Tape Monitoring Removable Well Cover Tape Start Memory Damped Eject
Individual Input Level Controls Headphone Low/High Volume Positions
Tape Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Manual Tape Equalization Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity
Slack-Tape Takeup Mechanical Tape Loading Auto Stop Dual-Capstan Transport Idler Drive (Reel) 3x Motor Mechanism Belt Drive (Capsŧan) Belt Drive (Mechanism)

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